Ags Land Talented Out-Of- State 2011 Kicker

There were many bright spots at the Ags July 11th camp last weekend. Punters/Kickers don't get the kind of attention other high profile recruits should get, but Taylor Bertolet (Exeter Township, PA) turned heads when he was consistently booting 60-yard field goals in front of Mike Sherman. Bertolet's performance earned him a full scholarship to A&M in which he took little time to commit.

On Sunday, the Ags picked up their 10th commit of 2011 from one of the nation's top kickers. Taylor Bertolet, a kicker from Exeter Township HS in Pennsylvania, made the long trip from his home state last weekend and impressed the A&M staff with his enthusiasm for the game, as well as his talents on the field. The 5-foot-9, 165 pounder spoke to Aggie head coach Mike Sherman Sunday evening where he then received an offer to play at Texas A&M and Bertolet took little time to officially commit.

"I talked to Coach Sherman for a while and he said he liked everything about me," said Bertolet. "He [Sherman] told me they wanted to give me a scholarship to play there and then I basically told him that A&M is where I want to be, I want to be an Aggie, so I committed on the spot."

Taylor ranks as the #7 kicker in the country according to the Kohl's National Rankings. The Kohl rankings have Bertolet as a 5-star kicker as well as a 4.5-star punter for the 2011 class.

"Has the talent to compete with anyone in the nation, FG range is as good as anyone in the 2011 class, gets great height on his FG, decent college potential as a punter, does need to hit a cleaner rotation on his FG to improve his FG performances and to be ranked #1"- Kohl's National Ranking Evaluation.

Taylor also has an offer from Temple University but since he left Aggieland, Bertolet has become enamored by the Aggie spirit.

"I took little time to commit because this is where I want to be," said Bertolet. "Everything from the traditions, the facilities, the coaches, I want to play under Coach Sherman. That's who I want to play for. Also, Coach Toth, the special team's coordinator, and I had a very good connection. When I went to other colleges, I won't name any, but I didn't have the same kind of connection with other coaches like I did with Coach Toth. That was a big factor in my decision. Playing at Kyle Field as well as the education A&M provides was a no-brainer for me."

The Ags offered Taylor as a kicker, Bertolet will likely be the back-up punter on top of his full-time duties when he arrives to College Station. Even though his longest field goal in a game is 43-yards, the newest A&M commit feels confident about his abilities going into his senior year.

"I've been kicking off the ground for the past two years now. Outside of all the camps and competitions, I've been consistently kicking field goals around 60-yards and my kickoffs are from anywhere around 70 to 75-yards with a 4.7 hang time. I feel like no one can touch me right now with my kickoffs and even my field goals. Basically, I feel on fire from anywhere to 50-60 plus. I went kicking today with my dad, we set up three on each hash from 60-yards out and I made every single one of them with no wind outside."

Taylor isn't worried about being too far away from home.

"Where ever I went I figured I would be far away from home. My parents were a little hesitant at first but once I told them about A&M and how interested I was in playing there, they did their research on the school and realized it would be a perfect fit for me. My mom came down with me to the camp, my dad had to work, but my mom loved it. We both felt at home there in Aggieland. This is where I want to be. I'm not worried about distance at all. Actually I kind of wanted to get away from home just a little bit and experience new things on my own."

Bertolet attributes his success on the gridiron to his older brother and his father.

"My older brother is who got me into kicking," said Bertolet. "My brother was an all-state punter at my high school. We were both soccer players growing up but I started playing football in 9th grade. I always loved football. My dad coaches football and he was another good reason why I wanted to play. My brother basically taught me everything he knows about kicking. The first field goal I ever made was in the 8th grade from 40-yards out with my brother. I had no idea I could kick it that far. I guess you could say the rest is history."


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